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Winslab Research Team

Dr. Adam Winsler | Vita

Dr. Winsler is an applied developmental psychologist with interests in children's transition to school, the development of self-regulation, children's private speech, Vygotskian sociocultural theory and bilingualism and early schooling for English-Language Learners (ELLs). His current research explores childcare, school readiness, and early school trajectories among ethnically and linguistically diverse, low-income, urban preschoolers; Private speech and self-regulation in typical children and those with ADHD or autistic spectrum disorders; Music/dance and self-regulation and self-regulated learning and motivation among college students.


Alena Alegrado (BA)

Alena is a recently graduated undergraduate honors student at George Mason. She received her B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Developmental Psychology in 2016. Alena is interested in the relationship between music and child development. She completed her undergraduate honors thesis through the Honors Psychology program and the OSCAR Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Her thesis focused on identifying pre-existing child characteristicsfactors that predict whether a student will choose to enroll and persist in middle school music classes. This year, she continues to work in the lab as an RA as she works to publish her thesis and apply to graduate school.


Justine Burke (BA)

Justine recently completed the psychology honors program at George Mason University and is completing her B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Criminology. Her current thesis focused on the longitudinal effects of school suspension on school attendance, academic performance, and grade retention. Combining the fields of Psychology and Criminology will allow her to follow her interests that mainly focus on the negative consequences of early experiences and how they may predict emotional and behavioral problems. Justine continues to work in the lab as an RA this year as she contemplates her next steps.

Alex Moffitt (PhD)

This is my first year as a PHD student in Dr. Winsler’s lab and the ADP program. While getting a B.A. in psychology at the University of Denver, I was involved with a victim advocacy organization in Denver that allowed me to work with public elementary schools in low-income areas around the city. The experience helped shape my current research interests, which include language development and self-regulation in the context of education as well as predictors and outcomes of children's school mobility.



Jerry Mize (MA)

Jerry currently holds a BS in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, from where he worked on multiple research projects. He is moving forward in academia by working with Dr. Adam Winsler as a graduate student in the ADP MA program at GMU. Jerry's research interests are in developmental psychology. Specifically, he is interested in the immediate and lasting effects that meaningful social relationships (e.g. relationships with teachers, parents, peers, mentors, etc.) have on children and adolescents. He is especially intrigued by traditional and non-traditional parenting factors and how they comparatively impact children, adolescents, and the social construct of the family. It is his goal to eventually earn a doctoral degree in this area, gaining training in both teaching and research.


Kaity Mumma (MA)

Kaity is a second-year Master's student working in Dr. Winsler's lab. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. In the past year at the Winslab, she has finished a manuscript on the interaction of home and school literacy environments, worked on various projects in the lab, submitted to and presented work at several conferences, and recently passed her thesis proposal. Her thesis focuses on the influence of elementary school quality on third grade academic outcomes of children who attended either public school pre-K, center-based care, or family child care early education programs. She is very passionate about improving the US education system and hopes that she can contribute to this cause through empirical research.


Mayra Parada (PHD)

Mayra is a second-year PhD student in ADP. She graduated with a BS in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2014. During her time at VCU, Mayra was a Research Assistant in the Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development working on various community-based participatory research projects, including a school-wide bullying intervention program in Richmond Public Schools and a strength-based family program to improve communication between adolescents in middle school and parents. After graduating from VCU, Mayra became a Research Trainee in the NIH/NIMHD-funded Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program. As a Research Trainee, Mayra had the opportunity to conduct research in Mexico City, Mexico at the National Institute of Psychiatry on the influence of social contexts on adolescent drug-use. Mayra’s research interests include the effect of culture, race, and ethnicity (specifically with immigrant children) on academic achievement.


Vinicio Perla (BA)

My name is Vinicio Perla and I am Junior at George Mason University majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Developmental Psychology. I am specifically interested in clinical adolescent therapy and research. More specifically I would like to focus on parental styles, child temperament, and risk for outcomes like substance abuse, non suicidal self injury, suicidal ideology, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. My goal is to come up with better prevention methods to deter teens from choosing the wrong path and succeeding in the future.



Courtney Ricciardi (PhD)

Courtney is a first-year PhD student in Dr. Winsler’s lab within the ADP program. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Human Development. While at Alabama, her research focused on how the development of social and emotional skills in Head Start preschoolers impacted later school performance. Her current research interests involve school readiness in at-risk populations, specifically the influence of early factors on later school outcomes such as graduation and advanced course selection.




Tanya Tavassolie (PhD)

I graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 2011 with a B.A. in Neuroscience. While at Franklin and Marshall, my research focused on developmental and biological aspects of behavior using animal models. After graduating, I began working as a Faculty Research Assistant at the University of Maryland's Child Development Lab. While there, I worked on a project exploring neural correlates of action understanding in infants. My current research interests are mainly in school readiness and long-term academic outcomes of high-stakes testing in elementary school.


Reba Troxler (PhD)

Reba is a first year doctoral student originally from North Carolina. Her background is in the areas of psychology, sociology and family studies. Her research interests include social-emotional development, school readiness, prevention/intervention both in and out of the classroom, and at risk populations.




Angelique Williams (PhD)

Angelique is a first-year graduate student pursuing her PhD in ADP. She graduated with her BS in Psychology from Morgan State University in 2016. While at Morgan State University, she worked as an NIH NIGMS-RISE undergraduate student researcher. As such, she examined the effects of factors such as social problem solving ability and perceived stress levels on academic performance. Her current research interests include, autism spectrum disorders, academic performance and self-talk.






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